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<TitreRecueil>pursuant to Rule 136(5) of the Rules of Procedure</TitreRecueil>

<Titre>on the EU priorities for the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women</Titre>


<RepeatBlock-By><Depute>Jadwiga Wiśniewska</Depute>

<Commission>{ECR}on behalf of the ECR Group</Commission>



European Parliament resolution on the EU priorities for the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women


The European Parliament,

 having regard to the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women,

 having regard to the International Conference for Population and Development (IPDC) held in Cairo in 1994 and the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995,

 having regard to the Council conclusions of 9-10 December 2019 on ‘Gender-Equal Economies in the EU: The Way Forward’,

 having regard to the Presidency conclusions of 6 December 2018 on ‘Gender Equality, Youth and Digitalisation’,

 having regard to its resolution of 10 December 2013 on sexual and reproductive health and rights[1],

 having regard to Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) on public health, and in particular paragraph 7 thereof, which states that ‘Union action shall respect the responsibilities of the Member States for the definition of their health policy and for the organisation and delivery of health services and medical care’,

 having regard to the question to the Council on the EU priorities for the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (O-000006/2020 – B9‑XXXX/2020),

 having regard to Rules 136(5) and 132(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas equality between women and men is a fundamental principle of the EU, enshrined in the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and thus should be a guiding principle in internal and external EU policies;

B. whereas women’s human rights and gender equality are not only a fundamental basis of every society, but also a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world;

C. whereas although the Beijing Platform for Action was established 25 years ago, many of the challenges identified in 1995 remain relevant today (such as gender pay and pension gaps, lower employment rates among women, underrepresentation in decision making, unequal distribution of unpaid work, or experiences of gender-based violence, among many other challenges);

D. whereas both the Programme of Action of the ICPD in Cairo (1994) (in point 8.25 thereof) and the Platform of Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women’s Rights in Beijing (1995) clearly state that abortion should not be promoted as a family planning method;

E. whereas both the ICPD Programme of Action (1994) and the Beijing Platform of Action (1995) call for states to reduce maternal mortality and provide more accessible, affordable and high-quality basic health services, with particular emphasis on medical care of mothers;

F.  whereas the gender pay gap and gender pension gap have been reduced in the EU since 2013, but still remain high (around 16 % and 36 % respectively); whereas women are still much more likely to be unemployed or in part-time employment than men;

G.  whereas women bear more of the responsibility for caring for children and older relatives than men and are estimated to undertake an average of about 13 hours’ more unpaid work per week than men; whereas women are often subject to discrimination on the grounds of motherhood; whereas mothers, especially in families with many children, who have devoted themselves to unpaid care and domestic work, are a social group that are particularly at risk of poverty;

H. whereas unpaid domestic care and work generates significant profits for the global economy and has a considerable positive impact on the wellbeing of the whole of society;

I. whereas addiction to pornography, which very often begins in childhood, leads to the objectification of women, violence against women and problems with starting a family;

J.  whereas violence still affects many women around the world, including forms such as female genital mutilation and forced or early marriage; whereas the emergence of cyber violence (including online hate speech, cyber stalking, bullying or harassment, and pornography) is of great concern;

1. Addresses the following recommendations to the Council:

a. To work towards achieving equality between men and women and address different forms of discrimination and prevailing stereotypes concerning women;

b. To underline the importance of a positive outcome at the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, to be held from 9 to 20 March 2020;

c. To step up efforts to close the gender pay and pension gaps and to enforce the equal pay principle, increase pay transparency and counteract occupational vertical and horizontal segregation;

d. To promote measures improving work-life balance, enabling women and men to share time between work and their families;

e. To ensure strong protection and labour rights for women during and after their pregnancies;

f. To promote new investment in care infrastructure, education and health care and in the provision of accessible, affordable and quality care services throughout the life cycle, including care for children, dependents and older people;

g. To recognise the value to the whole of society of unpaid care and domestic work;

h. To promote education among girls and women in order to enable them to strive for decent lives, especially in areas where they are manifestly underrepresented, such as STEM sectors, i.e. science, technology, engineering and mathematics;

i. To respect Member States’ and third states’ sovereign rights in shaping their policies on sexual and reproductive health and rights, with due respect for point 8.25 of the Programme of Action of the ICPD in Cairo;

j. To strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and girls, including trafficking in human beings, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, child marriages, honour crimes, female genital mutilation and the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and to take strong action to combat them through effective measures;

2. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and, for information, to the Commission.

[1] OJ C 468, 15.12.2016, p. 66.

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